Do you want to create a McAfee SECURE seal on your WordPress website? A security seal tells the world that your website is protected by a security system, in this case, McAfee.
McAfee is one of the most well known and trusted security software on the Internet. It is no surprise that they also have a WordPress security plugin.
MacAfee is not a standard security plugin. Instead of actually protecting your website, it will scan your website and make sure it is secure. If your website meets the McAfee standard, you will be able to display the McAfee SECURE seal.
If you do not, you can try again in 72 hours. Today, I will demonstrate how to set up the McAfee SECURE plugin.
Why Add a McAfee SECURE Seal in WordPress?
The Internet is a dangerous place and that’s why so many security plugins exist for WordPress. These plugins do a great job behind the scene. This can leave some visitors questioning if it is safe to use your website.
Adding a McAfee SECURE seal will boost the confidence of your visitors. McAfee is well known and trusted, and visitors will believe it is safe if you have the seal.
Keep in mind that this plugin is not a substitute for your existing security plugins. It will simply check your website for security risks and malware. It is compatible with many of the other security plugins on WordPress.
Let’s take a look at the plugin we are going to use today and see all that it has to offer.
Today, I will demonstrate how to set up the McAfee SECURE plugin. It has a free version and a premium version that costs $19 dollars a month or $190 dollars a year. The free version will only last for 30-days.
With McAfee SECURE certification, you get premium features that are proven to increase sales including unlimited Trustmark views, the engagement Trustmark, and search highlighting. The plugin has some other great features as well. Some of them include:
- Build trust and show your site is secure by displaying the McAfee SECURE Trustmark.
- Automatically scan your site for malware, viruses, and other malicious activities.
- Increase sales by showing your audience you are part of the secure web.
- Certification modal and page are available in 19 different languages.
I would suggest using the free version first to see if you like the service. If you do like it, consider upgrading to the premium edition. Keep in mind visitors do not feel secure inputting important information such as credit cards on untrusted websites.
How to Create a McAfee SECURE Seal on Your WordPress Website
Step 1: Install and Activate the Plugin
In order to get the seal on your site, you first need to install and activate the plugin. You can do this by heading over to the Plugins page in the WordPress admin dashboard and using the search field to search for the plugin.
Let’s start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.
Search for McAfee SECURE in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.
Scroll down until you find the McAfee SECURE plugin and click the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin for use.
On the left-hand admin panel click on McAfee SECURE. You will see the “Activate Now” button, click it.
Step 2: Activate the Seal
A pop-up window will appear. It should contain your website name and the main email address saved in WordPress. Make sure the information is correct and click on the “Activate Now” button.
Your page will now fill up with all of the security checks McAfee displays. It will begin to check your website. You still need to sign up for a McAfee account. Check the email you used when the Activate Now button was pressed. Confirm your email and create an account.
Step 3: View Tools and Wait for Scan
Once you have your account setup, you will be on the McAfee Dashboard. Here you can see all of the various tools the website offers.
If your website had no problems with the security scan, it will now display the seal. If you did have issues you will need to wait 72 hours and get the issue resolved to try again.
Congratulations, you have successfully added the McAfee SECURE seal to your website. Remember, it is not a replacement for your current security plugins and should not be the only security plugin you install. It does not guard your website, it simply scans it to make sure it is secure.
Security is Not a Choice
The Internet is not a safe place and you will need all of the help possible to keep your website secure. Cyber attacks and malware can cripple a website of any size. Infecting your visitor’s computer with malware or virus will ruin your reputation.
This can completely wreck small websites that are just starting out and make it impossible to grow. Security needs to be one of the first issues you think about when starting a new website.
What could be worse than infecting a computer with malware or viruses? How about having your personal information stolen? This information could range from an email address to credit card information. This can be extremely harmful to visitors who trusted your website enough to store this information.
Having strong protection and showing the McAfee SECURE seal in WordPress boosts confidence while protecting that data.
Create a Backup
If your website is compromised or infected and stops working, you have a big problem. Creating a backup will get your website running again and can fix almost all issues you could encounter.
On top of helping out with security, backups are extremely handy when you are about to make changes to your website. This will ensure if any changes are made that cause your website to break, you can revert back to the previous version.
Make a Multilayered Security System
What’s better than one security system? Two of them. There are multiple ways to protect your website and keep your visitor’s information safe. Use multiple plugins, but make sure they are compatible and do not interfere with each other.
Compatibility issues can completely shut down your defense. Security plugins are not small since they guard your entire website. And running multiple plugins can significantly hurt your website’s speed. So, make sure everything flows great with site performance and functionality.
Adding a McAfee Secure Seal to your website does not have to be difficult. As a matter of fact, if you have the right information and the steps, then adding the Seal to your WordPress website can be done in no time at all.
I hope this tutorial was able to show you how easy it is to add the McAfee seal to your site. Remember, the free version will only last 30-days. If you like it, pick a subscription and continue. If not, then at least you tried it and now you know.
How important is your website’s security for you? Do you think visitors feel that your website is a safe place to visit even if you don’t have a security seal?
Author: Ron Helms
I currently work for GreenGeeks as a Support Technician. My primary roles are supporting our VPS and Dedicated server clients, as well as performing site migrations. With experience in the web hosting industry since 2009, there is rarely a question I can’t help answer. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming and working on cars as an automotive enthusiast.